A Day in London – Fountains and Monuments

Public art creates wonderful photo opportunities.  When you look at the images, though, you have to ask, “Who is the real artist?”  Credit naturally goes to the sculptor, painter, ceramicist, or other artist.  We photographers can only hope to give a view that reflects positively on their artwork, either by providing a compelling view, highlighting detail, or creating an abstraction.  In these images, I’ve leant toward either details or a compelling view, with the goal of inspiring readers to want to see more of the fountain and monuments that attracted to me.

These appear in the order I encountered them on my walk from Hyde Park to Parliament via Buckingham Palace, and back again via a different route.  Of course, I only scratched the surface of all the monuments that a great city like London has to offer.


The Joy of Life Fountain in Hyde Park,  designed by T B Huxley-Jones, 1963.  More background here…

Joy of Life Fountain - Hyde Park

Nikon D300, 18-200 mm @ 200 mm, 1/400 s, f/5.6, ISO 200


Sitting high atop Wellington Arch, it may be hard to appreciate this “sculpture of a ‘quadriga’ or ancient four-horse chariot,” as it is described in this article in Wikipedia.  The arch beneath was completed in 1830, but the current sculpture was not erected until 1912.  Prior to that, Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, sat astride a bronze horse.

Wellington Arch

Nikon D300, 18-200 mm @ 95 mm, 1/400 s, f/11, ISO 400


The Queen Victoria Memorial sits at the east end of the plaza in front of the Buckingham Palace.  Dedicated in 1911, the sculptor was Sir Thomas Brock.  You can read its history here, and see it in context of the gardens and palace in my earlier London post (scroll to the bottom of that page).

Queen Victoria Memorial

Nikon D300, 18-200 mm @ 150 mm, 1/2000 s, f/8, ISO 400


And here is a detail of a casting at the base of the memorial…

Queen Victoria Memorial - Detail

Nikon D300, 18-200 mm @ 130 mm, 1/640 s, f/5.6, ISO 400



Lions guard Nelson’s Column at Trafalgar Square, designed by architect William Railton, with construction started in 1840.  Here, I’ve used my iPhone and its HDR capabilities for a leonine profile at dusk.

Trafalgar Square

iPhone 5s, 4.12 mm, 1/15 s, f/2.2, ISO 800

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